Weekly email w/b 1st July 2024

Weekly email w/b 1st July 2024

I was reading this week about Action Man. Did you ever have one? Or know someone who did? I’m probably showing my age, but they were very much the “must have” action figure of the 1970s and 1980s, beautifully boxed with different coloured hair and outfits to match.

Do you remember the scar which every Action Man had on his right cheek? The story goes that the designers wanted to patent the new figure, but were told they never would be able to do with a ‘basic’ human body. And so the scar was introduced, and that became the distinctive image of an authentic figurine. And it stuck. “See the scar, that’s what marks out a true Action Man.”

We heard last weekend about one of our core values, that of being “authentic.” That sense of being a community who walk together, and who walk with scars. Acknowledging our own brokenness, modelling integrity, humility and compassion in all we do. It’s that sense of our scars – whatever they might be – being a defining mark of a true believer and a true leader. “My grace is sufficient for you” said Paul, “for my power is made perfect in weakness.

That is to say, as we are weak then he is strong, because we don’t get in the way. Where our weakness, our brokenness, our frailty – when offered to God – become a container for his power and his glory.

As always, grace and peace

Phil Cansdale, Vicar


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This Sunday sees us on the fourth week of introducing our new “more like Jesus” values. Our new curate Ian Budd will be speaking at the 9am service and 11am services at Meole Brace, whilst our speaker at Christ the King is Shirley Stevens. Our theme this week is “Hospitality”, as we remember how Jesus did some of his most best things over a meal table, and how we want to do the same, offering a welcome to all, places to connect with others, and an open door to the love of God.

At Belle Vue in the morning it is Messy Church at 9am, and then at 11am it is the Holy Trinity Pre-School Graduation service as another generation step into new things there.

At the evening 630pm service it is Presence, our monthly gathering as we share communion together and have a bit more space to worship, pray and receive.


It was great to welcome Ian Budd, our new curate, last weekend. Here’s a picture of some of us looking suitably attired at his ordination service in Lichfield. There will be lots of opportunities over these next few weeks to be getting to know Ian, and along with his wife Kate and son James they are really looking forward to beginning to settle in to life in Shrewsbury. If you want to be in touch with Ian his email address is ian.budd@trinitychurches.org.

Read more about Ian’s story on Diocesan Website

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A couple of Sunday events coming up in July:

  • Sunday 14th July in our 9am and 11am morning services we are having stalls after the morning services in the Trinity Centre. Our usual mix of Windfall Project, Fairtrade, Illuminate Books, home-made cards etc. A card machine will be available for those making online payments.
  • Sunday 21st July sees Bishop Sarah, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, with us in our 9am and 11am congregation. At the 11am four people are being confirmed which is really exciting.

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Our 2024 Fun in the Sun diary is now published. Events this year include newer events like Young Adult bowling and a Youth Pizza night alongside old favourites like the Pudding Party, Summer walk, and toddlers picnic. The first event is 25th July, and they run through August and into very early September. More details on the website, and you can book in online or at the Church Office in the usual way.

More details about Fun in the Sun

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Our next “Big Sunday Lunch” events take place on Sunday 14th July.

Want to join a group who get together every couple of months to share a meal and “do life” together? Suitable for all ages and ‘stages’, and whether old-timer or newcomer, you’d be very welcome at the next “Big Sunday lunch”. For those already in a group then details should be winging their way to you over the next few days. And if you’d like to join a group – and make the most of opportunities of getting to know other people at Trinity – then let us know and we’ll find some space around a Sunday lunch table near you!

Sign up for Big Sunday Lunch


Holiday at Home is our wonderful annual event, where you are invited to come for three relaxing days of fun and activities.

Bingo, quizzes, thought for the day, a delicious lunch, as well as afternoon tea and live entertainment. The third day (Wednesday 7th August) is a day trip to Barmouth, including fish and chips! People are coming for all three days, or just choose to come to one or two days. What ever you decide – you definitely don’t want to miss it!

More about Holiday at Home

More about Barmouth Trip


A new entry this week, with another trip coming up in September. We start the day at Kenilworth Castle with a chance to visit the gardens and castle. We’ll then head to Coventry Cathedral for a guided tour and time to look around the area before finishing with Choral Evensong. Previous trips like this have featured Liverpool and Hereford, so we’re really excited to be back on the road again this summer. More details, and booking, via the Church website or be in touch with the Church Office.

More about the Trip to Coventry


Our Summer 2024 edition of Trinity Life came out recently. You’ll find in there an update on our values and vision work, details of Sunday services, and some of the “what’s on” events over the summer including Holiday at Home, Fun in the Sun etc. There are also some resources to inspire discipleship and deepen prayer. Pick up a copy in Church, Trinity Centre, Cafe Connect etc. Or take a read online.

Read online – Trinity Life